2016 FIAT 500x Easy FWD vs 2016 Mazda CX-3 Touring FWD
Quality and Value Analysis
Starting off from Base MSRP, Mazda’s CX-3 at $21,960 has a lower price than FIAT 500x at $22,610. CX-3 also wins at ALG Residual Value % valued at 49% after 36 months and 37% after 60 months. FIAT 500x are valued at 45% after 36 months and 32% after 60 months. Mazda CX-3 also has way better fuel economy than FIAT 500x. Mazda’s 29/35 (city/hwy) is way better than FIAT 500x’s 22/31. FIAT 500x does have a longer basic warranty 48 months/50,000 miles compared to Mazda CX-3’s 36 month/36,000 mile basic warranty. Best Powertrain warranty goes to Mazda though, 60 months/60,000 miles compared to FIAT’s 48 month/50,000 mile Powertrain warranty. So far, the clear winner is Mazda CX-3, it’s cheaper, more fuel efficient, and has a better powertrain warranty than FIAT 500x!
Performance and Engineering
Mazda CX-3’s 2.0-Liter, I4, 16-Valve, DOHC, DI Engine is more than enough to get from here to there. FIAT 500x’s 2.4-Liter, I4, 16-Valve, SOHC, SEFI Engine is larger and less fuel efficient. Mazda CX-3 is fun to drive with 146 horsepower @6,000 RPM, and 146 torque @2,800 RPM. FIAT 500x has more power with 180 horsepower @6,400 RPM, and 175 Torque @3,900 RPM. FIAT 500x has a larger fuel tank, but that doesn’t mean you will go longer than the more fuel efficient Mazda CX-3 between fill-ups! Both vehicles have identical braking and suspension systems. Mazda CX-3 has a tighter turning radius, 34.8 compared to FIAT 500x’s 36.3, so Mazda CX-3 is a better choice for city drivers in Phoenix.
Safety and Security
2016 Mazda CX-3 and 2016 FIAT 500x are new, so they are not yet rated by NHTSA for crash tests or safety ratings. Both vehicles do have the standard safety features available in the Crossover class. Seat Mounted Front Side Airbags, Front and Rear Side Head Curtain Airbags, Standard Second Row Head Restraints, Vehicle Stability Control System, Traction Control, ABS Brakes, Passenger Airbag Cutoff Sensor, Brake Assist, and Tire Pressure Monitor. Child proof rear door locks are not available on the FIAT 500x, but do come standard on Mazda’s CX-3.
Comfort and Convenience
2016 Mazda CX-3 and FIAT 500x have many interior convenience features. Manual Air Conditioning, Power Widows, Power Door Locks, Cruise Control, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls for Audio and Cruise Control, Map Lights, Tilt, Adjustable, Telescopic Steering Column, Cargo Area Light, Driver’s Side Vanity Mirror, Front Power Outlet, Rear Window Defroster, Floor Mats, Delayed Power Retention, Multi-function Remote, and Exterior Temperature Gauge are standard on both vehicles. Mazda CX-3 has Rearview Camera as a standard feature, it is optional on the FIAT 500x. Mazda CX-3’s AM/FM CD/MP3 Player stereo is way better than FIAT 500x’s AM/FM Stereo. Both vehicles have standard MP3 Player Jack, and Auxiliary Input Audio Jack. The storage situation in the FIAT 500x isn’t as great as in the Mazda CX-3. Only CX-3 has cargo area Tie-Downs, both vehicles have Beverage Holders, Console Storage, Door Pocket Storage, and Seatback Storage. Exterior convenience features are identical on FIAT 500x and Mazda CX-3. Rear Wiper, Remote Keyless Access System, Vehicle Theft Deterrent System, Folding Side Mirrors, Power Side Mirrors, Tinted Glass, Automatic Headlights, and Auto-Off Headlights are standard on both. Mazda CX-3 and FIAT 500x come with Alloy Wheels and All-Season Tires, FIAT 500x has 17′ wheels, Mazda CX-3 has 16′ wheels.
In an overall comparison, it’s easy to see why Phoenix drivers should pick Mazda’s CX-3 over FIAT’s 500x.